A Sandwich a Day: 4 Meat Grinder from Stachowski Market & Deli in Georgetown
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The much anticipated Stachowski Market & Deli opened last month in the old Griffin Market space in Georgetown. The Stachowskis have been offering their expert charcuterie at local farmers' markets, but now you can pick them up at their new brick-and-mortar location.
Located on a quiet Georgetown corner, the shop is easy to miss. But walk by and the aroma of freshly cured meats will make you forget wherever else you were headed. Step inside and, while ogling the cases of dry-aged steaks and spare ribs, you can now order from a small selection of sandwiches (listed on a pig-shaped blackboard, no less). Of the massive, meat-filled sandwiches on offer, the most popular is the 4 MEAT Grinder ($11.99).
The 4 MEAT Grinder is gigantic (the word meat is capitalized, after all). Filled with locally sourced salami, coppa, mortadella, and sopressata, it's an imposing sandwich. Topped off with peppers, jalapeños, extremely thinly sliced onions, tomatoes and lettuce, all on a light, toasted Italian roll, the Grinder is a great mixture of flavor and heat. The Italian spices, the smokiness from the meat, and the heat from the peppers make for quite a mouthful. Depending on your appetite, the Grinder is big enough for two or even three lunches.
And since I couldn't resist trying another one of Stachowski's sandwiches, here's the Hot Pastrami ($11.99). Not nearly as large as the Grinder, but the thick, fatty slices of pastrami on toasted pumpernickel are plenty satisfying. While the Grinder delivers a great blend of flavors, the Hot Pastrami relies on just the rich, tender pastrami and mustard. And it succeeds. It's a sandwich that you probably could save for second lunch leftovers, but then you don't because you can't restrain yourself.
For now, Stachowski is fairly sparse. There's only one table with a few seats (which look like they were salvaged from a neighborhood yardsale) by the window. There are a couple of deli cases for the meat and a small selection of snacks, condiments, and dairy products, but co-owner Josef Stachowski plans to expand their offerings to include cheeses and produce.